Music Instruction Music Instruction

Award-winning music lessons, ensembles, and group classes for aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels — children, teens, and adults.

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Early Childhood Early Childhood

Morning & Full-Day Preschool programs with a full, child-centered curriculum of creative specials like music, science, drama, social and emotional learning, and more!

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Music Therapy Music Therapy

Established in 1966, our pioneering Center for Music Therapy (CMT) uses guided music experiences to help individuals meet life's challenges.

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Bop Stop Bop Stop

BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.

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Prospective Suzuki Students

Prospective Suzuki Students

What is the Suzuki method?

The Suzuki Method was founded over fifty years ago by Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist and pedagogue. He applied the basic principles of language acquisition to music learning and called it the "mother-tongue" approach. He believed that, given the right environment, any child could learn to play a musical instrument just as they learn to speak their native tongue. Parent involvement, loving encouragement, and emphasis on a beautiful tone are just a few elements of what makes the Suzuki method special.


What instruments are taught through the Suzuki approach?

The Music Settlement offers Suzuki instruction for the following instruments:

  • Bass
  • Cello
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Piano
  • Viola
  • Violin

Ready to get started?

Designed for childrenĀ ages 4-6, our Intro to Suzuki course is both a parent education and musical enrichment course. This course will answer any questions you have about becoming a Suzuki parent and serves as a prerequisite for Suzuki instruction at TMS.


Is your child older than 6 years old? Parents whose children are older than 6 can still enroll! Contact the Suzuki department to coordinate a private Introduction to Suzuki course.

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Components of the Suzuki Program

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Instrument Rentals

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For student who do not own a musical instrument, here is a list of reputable Cleveland businesses that offer instrument rentals.

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Music enriches our lives artistically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Music spans all ages and social divides and brings us together in community to create something beautiful and uplifting. Music can even heal a broken heart.

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